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The Brad Jones Racing team will take stock overnight ahead of the second race in Newcastle after a tough race for the squad.
Andre Heimgartner led the Albury-based team home in seventh, while Bryce Fullwood finished 17th, Macaulay Jones came across the line in 21st and Jack Smith was 23rd.
It was a relatively clean race for three of the four drivers, however Fullwood did have a knock from behind in the opening laps which damaged a bit of his rear bar.
Fullwood was given a mechanical flag and forced to come to the lane to have the damaged panels removed, which cost the Darwin-native critical time.
Heimgartner and Jones both experienced issues in the pit stops, fuel flow proved to be somewhat tricky and that problem cost them both time in the lane.
Earlier in the day Heimgartner had made his way through to the Top Ten Shootout by being eighth fastest, however his 1:12.1424 Shootout lap was slower than his earlier mark of 1:11.7057, but he was still eighth by the end of the session.
Fullwood (#14 Middy’s Electrical) started from 18th while Jones (#96 Pizza Hut) claimed 23rd on the grid, followed by Smith (#4 SCT Logistics) in 25th.
Supercars are back on track tomorrow for qualifying at 11:15 AEDT.
Lochie Dalton’s first race on the streets of Newcastle was a learning experience for the Tasmanian, he came home 12th in the Super2 field.
However Dalton is looking to take lessons from today’s qualifying into tomorrow to set them up with better track position for the second race.
Super2 will be out for their qualifying session at 1025 AEDT.
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